Cross-checking is one of the most powerful accuracy strategies we have and is used by novice and expert readers alike. Three things need to come together when reading accurately: the words need to look right, they need to sound right, and they need to make sense. When meaning breaks down, one of these is to blame, so readers pause, go back, and apply strategies to fix the error before continuing on.
Kinesthetic movement helps students remember these three cueing systems. We include these movements when teaching the strategy of Cross Checking to help students remember the three essential cueing systems.
Does it look right?
Point to your eye and ask "Does it look right?" With this cue, we attend to the visual properties of the word. Did our pronunciation match the letters in the word?
Does it sound right?
Point to your ear and ask "Does it sound right?" This cue asks us to tune in to the grammar and linguistics of the word. Does it sound grammatically correct? Does it sound like a word we have heard before? Does it sound like a real word?
Does it make sense?
Uncross your arms, point to your brain and ask "Does it make sense?" This cue brings us back to the importance of comprehension. Reading should always make sense.
It isn't uncommon to see students pause and silently make the cross-check motions as they monitor for meaning. By attending to these three cueing systems, their accuracy and comprehension improves.